The Master seemed quite impervious to what people thought of him. When the disciples asked how he had attained this stage of inner freedom, he laughed aloud and said:
“Till I was twenty I did not care what people thought of me.
After twenty I worried endlessly about what my neighbors thought.
Then one day after fifty I suddenly saw that they hardly ever thought of me at all.”
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